Red Bull King of the Air Green Light – Sunday 3rd Feb

 

The World’s top Kiteboarders to descend on Cape Town for Red
Bull King of the Air 2013

 

“Green” light for the Red Bull King of the Air 2013.
As charts and websites are confirming the possibility to have great weather and wind conditions for the coming weekend, this is your “OFFICIAL CALL” for the Red Bull King of the Air 2013.
With a cold-front hitting the cape peninsula on saturday night the expectations are to have “proper southerly wind” starting form the late morning of Sunday 03 Feb, sharply increasing to 30/35 knots during the day. Together with a long period moderate swell to complete the right ingredients for “perfect” conditions.
Get Down to Big Bay on Sunday 03, for the Biggest and most extreme Kite comp in history.
Press Release.

The much anticipated return of Red Bull King of the Air has seen kiteboarders the world over doing
anything to get their hands on an entry. Sixteen of the world’s best as well as eight wildcards have
been selected to compete.

CAPE TOWN (South Africa) Red Bull King of the Air returns to the fore after an eight year
hiatus since the last running of the event in Maui, USA and wind patterns are currently
looking favourable for the window period of 1 – 15 February at Big Bay, Blouberg on Cape
Town’s coastline.

Sixteen invited kiteboarders from around the world will be joined by eight wildcards.

Included in the lineup are extreme kiteboarder Ruben Lenten (NED), compatriot and
world number 1 in 2012 Youri Zoon (NED), Lewis Crathern(UK), who recently jumped over the Brighton and Worthing piers, and local wildcard Oswald Smith who goes into the competition having just won SA Champs.

The judging panel consisting of fearless female kiteboarder Susi Mai, editor of Kiteworld
Magazine and presenter of ‘The Kite Show’ Jim Gaunt and South African original Red Bull
King of the Air alumnus Greg Tijsse will be watching the water to gauge height, style and
creativity each kiteboarder executes their movement with.

Local wildcard Graham Howes. Photo: Craig Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull Content Pool

The newly developed ‘flag out’ competition format is unlike any others – it gives each
kiteboarder the opportunity to pull their best moves and score high. Four riders hit the water
wearing different colour rash vests that matching a corresponding flag on the beach. After
an allocated time, the rider with the lowest score will be flagged out (flag will be lowered) and
must leave the water. The last man standing is the winner.

The event will also feature the godfather of wind-based watersports Robby Naish who will be
in Cape Town to put the title hopefuls through their paces in the lead up to the event. Robby
has multiple World Titles across windsurfing and kiteboarding disciplines and still competes
internationally, at the tender age of 49.

Photo: JD Photofairy: Red Bull Content Pool

The Invited Kiteboarders

Ruben Lenten (NED) Redbull Extreme Kiteboarder.
Kevin Langeree (NED) 2009 World Champion
Youri Zoon (NED) 2011/2012 World Champion
Nick Jacobsen (DEN) Crane Jumper
Billy Parker (USA)
Sam Light (GBR)
Lewis Crathern (GBR) Brighton/Worthing Pier jumper
Kevin de Smidt (NED) Redbull Boven N.A.P winner
Steven Akkersijk (NED) Redbull Boven N.A.P winner
Jesse Richman (USA)
Tom Court (GBR)
Luke Whiteside (GBR)
Gianni Aragno (ESP)
Shawn Richman (USA)
Luke McGillewie (RSA)
Reno Romeu (BRA)

The Wildcards

Sam Medysky (CAN)
Oswald Smith (RSA)
Johnno Sholte (NED)
Andries Fourie (RSA)
Graham Howes (RSA)
Jandre Fraser (RSA)
Alan Steele (RSA)
Nicolas Falcou (FRA)

Local Bruce Gonlag. Photo: Nick Muzik/Red Bull Content Pool

Follow Red Bull King of the Air:
Twitter: @RedBullZA (#RedBullKingoftheAir)
www.redbullkingoftheair.co.za

Luke Mcgilliwie Video

Luke McGilliwie is off to the 2nd leg of the KSP in Ireland,

Luke has been getting some decent training in with the last 2 weeks of Solid South Easter.

Check out his latest video from his session with 3 GoPro’s on him and his kites.

Photo: Mandi Ireland

VIDEO BELOW

Luke McGilliwie on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Lukeathlete

RRD SA
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002271948751

CAMRIG – Action Cams and Action Cam mounts (line mounts, strut mounts)
https://www.facebook.com/camrig

Mandi Ireland Photography
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mandi-Ireland-Photography/110937722305199

VIDEO: South Africa ONE (Westcoast Kitesurfing)

South Africa ONE from Surfskolan Crew on Vimeo.

Arild Kristiansen (Cabrinha,Rip Curl) & Mårten Björnsson (Ozone,Xelerator) searching for waves in the western cape area, South Africa. Here is the first edit ONE from the trip stay tuned for more action to come!! other riders in this clip Björn and mr Xelerator himself Fred.

Robin Somogyvari Profile

Robin Somogyvari has joined the dirty habits team as our newly appointed head photographer, his images might look familiar as alot of them have feature in some of the leading mags in the world, including Magazine covers and double page spreads in Kiteworld, Stance mag, Leisure Boating, Gust and ofcourse Dirty Habits! He is a free-lance photographer based in Cape town, specializing in water photography and extreme sports.

Robinsomogyvari.com

Stance Mag feature of SA rider Warrick Meyer

If Robin isn’t behind the lense, he’s usually the guy flying over you in big bay, or throwing down huge megaloops at kitebeach, they say good riders make the best photographers, but have a look for yourself

Graham howes

Graham Howes on his backhand

 

Graham Howes

Graham Howes with a Nukegrab

 

James Busse

Warrick Meyer

 

graham howes

Graham Howes

Robin Is a Freelance Sports Photographer,
He specializes in catelog shoots, events and media coverage, and private photoshoots,

So get in touch with him for all your Extreme sports photo needs!

Robinsomogyvari.com

Cape Town Session with Youri Zoon, Kevin Langeree and Nick Jacobsen

Big Bay Freeride Session With 3 of the best kiters in the world

If anyone was at Kiting at Big Bay, Cape Town yesterday it was quite possible to confuse a free-riding session for a PKRA World final. With 2009 World champion, Kevin Langeree, 2011 World champ, Youri Zoon, and Nick Jacobsen (Danish Champion & The craziest mofo kiter in the world!) all shredding it to the max. We escaped the crowds and headed to Small Bay for some fun freeriding, I’ve had the privilege of riding with all 3 of these guys in locations all around the world, but when you put the 3 of them together, without any titles on the line, the energy and comradery on the water between these guys is unreal. Check it out for yourselves,
And Next time you find yourself moaning about our CT conditions, remember that the worlds finest choose Cape Town as their training grounds!

Kevin Langeree

Nick J

Nicky J

youri zoon cape town

youri, kevin and nick

Youri keeping an eye on Nick

Youri Zoon 2011 world champion

Youri and Kevin in Sync

VIDEO: Aaron Hadlow Nails the 1st 900 on a kite, Check it! Boom

Here is the final episode of the 900 series, this time Aaron headed to Derde Stein, A wave spot in Cape Town, but on this day the kickers seems to be firing at the perfect size.
Ruben Lenten and Lewis Crathern went along to see if Aaron could manage it, there was a lot of riding around and searching but some absolute belters came through, and that’s all you need!